Growing more unequal? Long term trends in inequality in Africa

Project: Research

Project Details


Why is income inequality higher in some countries than in others? And what drives it over the long run? These are central questions in economic history and economics since over half a century, but clear answers are still lacking. Currently, most studies are concerned with the developed world and there is a growing literature on Asia and Latin America. The only region missing in comprehensive longitudinal studies, is Africa. This project is a unique and novel effort to bring Africa into the inequality debate.
Short titleGrowing more unequal?
Effective start/end date2016/01/012020/12/31


  • Marianne och Marcus Wallenbergs Stiftelse

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences

Free keywords

  • economic history
  • inequality
  • structural transformation